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12-5-2016: Book Signing Dates; Writer Watchdog Needed

The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, celebrates its 40th Anniversary Birthday on Saturday, December 17, with the last in a series of celebration programs. The program will run from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., and include time for book fair browsing, readings, and editor “speed dating.” Both my husband and I will be joining in the celebration and exhibiting and signing our books along with other authors.

The center has celebrated its 40th anniversary with readings and special events starting in 2015 and continuing through this year. It opened with a program honoring Richard Ford, with readings by Jeffrey Eugenides, Robert Olen Butler, Howard Norman, and Susan Shreve. Later events included a Poet Lore reading by visiting poets Bruce Weigl and M. Nzadi Keita; Continue reading “12-5-2016: Book Signing Dates; Writer Watchdog Needed”

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11-28-2016 Writing—Not So Solitary

December is almost here. That means I will be talking about my latest book and signing books on the first Saturday in the Mystery Author Extravaganza at the Reston Public Library in Reston, VA. Taking part in this annual event is just one of the many benefits I receive as a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

wreathe-copyDecember also means it’s dues renewal time. Dues for the national organization is $40 and for the local chapter, $20. Paltry sums for an organization that seeks to even the playing field for female mystery writers. SinC was organized when women authors started noticing that male authors got the better contracts, were reviewed more often, and received more awards than female authors. In other words, the system was not fair. Men are welcome to join the group too as long as they support the goals of SinC.

The Mystery Author Extravaganza is also held in Maryland, this year on October 29 at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. On hand to sell books at both events was Tom Harig of Mystery Loves Company Continue reading “11-28-2016 Writing—Not So Solitary”

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